Thursday, July 14, 2011

Annual Yaga of Jawala Ji Khrew

Hundreds participate in annual mela of Jawala Ji 

Hundreds of devotees drawn from different parts of Kashmir Valley and Jammu today participated in the annual Mela of Mata Jawala Ji at Khrew in Pulwama district in South Kashmir and paid the obeisance to their presiding deity.

On the occasion a Maha Yagya was also performed at the holy shrine and the devotees were served with prasad after Puranahuti. The hawan started yesterday evening and Puranahuti was performed this afternoon.

This was followed by pooja -archana by the devotees. A samohik aarti was also held for well being of mankind and restoration of peace in the trouble–torn Valley. To maintain the tradition the devotees also offered Tahar (yellow rice) to the deity.

The annual mela is held at the shrine of Jawala Ji since times immemorial on the occasion of Har Chaturdashi (Har Chawdah) every year and thousands of pilgrims drawn from different parts of country used to visit the shrine prior to mass migration of Pandits from Valley in 1989-90. However during the last few years the pilgrims have started visiting the shrine in large numbers.

On the occasion religious discourses were also given by Pt Pushkar Nath Ji who threw light on the religious significance of the Har Chaturdashi. The langer to the devotees was served by local army unit. Ravi Ji Bhat and Bharat Bhat of local Biradri also spoke on the occasion. A photo exhibition of Swami Jeewan Sahib a medieval period spiritual saint of Kashmir was also held at the shrine.

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